Six Outstanding Alumni Receive Awards

Eric Ruskoski (top), Comenius Award winner, credits Moravian with instilling the value of teamwork. Award winners (above, front row from left): Monita Russick Leavitt, AnnaBeth Fish, Kelly  Grab, Kelly Schneider, Amy Anderson, Lisa Hahn Egan. Back row, from left: Corey Koenig, Nick Preston, Candy Barr Heimbach, President Christopher Thomforde, Jaime Marks, Charles Decker Jr., Eric Ruskoski. Photos by John Kish IV

The Moravian College Alumni Association celebrated the civic and professional achievements of six alumni at the association's ninth annual awards ceremony, October 16. About 140 people attended.

Comenius Award: Eric S. Ruskoski '69 (at right), president of Aptar Closures and an executive officer of AptarGroup, Inc.,  was honored for his pioneering developments in the field of convenience closures for the worldwide consumer product package industry. Eric and his team developed and manufactured innovations, such as "upside down" dispenser used on ketchup bottles and the snap-top closure used on toothpaste and other products.

Medallion of Merit: Candy Barr Heimbach '79, an attorney and shareholder with the law firm Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin, was recognized for her outstanding service to Moravian College. She is a past president of the Alumni Board and former member of the Board of Trustees, a member of Blue & Grey Club, Lehigh Valley Home Club, and a mentor to students. She is recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, and has been admitted to the Pennsylvania and United States Supreme Courts.

Haupert Humanitarian Award: Charles Decker Jr. '63 is best known for his advertising creativity in developing the "Milk Mustache" campaign and the "Mikey! He Likes It!" television commercial. This award recognizes his efforts on behalf of orphaned children; Charlie's foundations help more than 400 indigent or orphaned children across the Dominican Republic.

Benigna Education Award: Monita Russick Leavitt '71 is a successful coordinator of gifted programs, a facilitator of enrichment opportunities for all students, and a provider of teacher training in gifted education. Monita represented the area of gifted education in the Exceptional Needs Standards Committee of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, and she has consulted with educators about how to challenge bright students through differentiated instruction.

Young Alumni Achievement Award: Lisa Hahn Egan '00 graduated from Moravian with a degree in clinical counseling psychology. While working in a postdoctoral fellowship program at Yale University's Department of Neurosurgery, she assisted in identifying the focal onset of seizures. Lisa maintains a private practice in Madison, New Jersey, and is committed to helping children with psychological problems.

Emerging Leader Award: Jaime L. Marks '04, who served Moravian as a student leader, continues to aid the College as an alumnus. She is a member of the Alumni Board and serves as the chair of the newly established Lifelong Learning Committee, which offers enriching educational activities for alumni and students. She is employed as a senior associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers.

In addition, five full-time Moravian College students were recognized as Alumni Fellows for their superior scholastic merit and contributions to the College and community: Amy E. Anderson '10, AnnaBeth Fish '11, Kelly L. Grab '11, Corey C. Koenig '11, and Kelly T. Schneider '10. Honors Recipient Nick Preston '10 was recognized for his Honors thesis.

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